December 17-23, 2017

"Always be joyful.  Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is
God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5.17-18

Church Office Hours / Meetings 
Office Hours This Week:
The office is open 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. We're closed on Wednesday. The week of Christmas: We are closed Monday, Dec. 25; Tuesday, Dec. 26 and Friday, Dec. 29, for the holiday week. We'll be open Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 27 and 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The week of New Years:  we will be closed on Monday, Jan. 1, and Wednesday, Jan. 3. We will be open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, Jan. 2, 4 and 5, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Meetings/Events This Week :
  • 12/18:  No meetings at church tonight.
  • 12/20: Verse 33 Sr. High Youth meets at 6:30 p.m. at The Factory
  • 12/21: 2nd Service Praise Team Practice at 6:30 p.m. at The Factory
  • 12/24:  Regular Sunday Services at 8:45 and 11 a.m. Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service begins with a prelude at 8:30 p.m. and service at 9 p.m. a tThe Factory. There is no Verse 33 Jr. High Youth on Christmas Eve. 

Upcoming Birthdays and 
  • 12/18: Sharon Shetterly
  • 12/18: Sam Taylor
  • 12/19: Luke Gaskill
  • 12/19: Lynn & Paul Thornburg
  • 12/20: Sue & Ruben VanVelzer
  • 12/22: Jack Waymire
  • 12/23: Karen Autrey
  • 12/23: Kaye & Virgil Canfield
  • 12/25: Happy Birthday, Jesus
December 1st Service Ushers: 
Karen and Rick Autrey
Penny and Jay Jarrett
1st Service Liturgist/Prayer:
Cathy Kelich

1st Service Greeters for December: 
Bobbie Welker and Jeannie or Bob Mills

NOW Service Greeter: 
Jerry Hoss

Need an address? We are updating our directory. Please send changes to the church email address: or call 765-754-7996.
Calendar of Church Activities         
christmas_ornaments.jpgAlso, click here for our extended church calendar. Thank you!

Upcoming Events
  • 12/24: Regular Services at the Church, 8:45 a.m., and Factory, 11 a.m.
  • 12/24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at The Factory, Prelude at 8:30 p.m. and service at 9 p.m.

FFUMC Finance Update 
An update letter on the Church budget / expenses was sent last week (emailed to all on our email distribution list and mailed out to those of you we do not have email addresses for). The letter also is available to download by clicking here >>.

As we near the end of this year your Finance Team asks for prayers for guidance of how God wants us to move His church forward and how we can each help with our giving. Your Finance Team along with the Ad Council will continue exploring all options to be good stewards of all that is given to our church.
If you have questions about the letter, please contact Mark Sigler, FFUMC Finance Team  Chair.

Christmas Eve Services at Frankton First UMC
Frankton First United Methodist Church will celebrate the birth of Christ with two regular services on Sunday morning, December 24. Join us for our traditional service at 8:45 AM in the church sanctuary, or our contemporary service at 11 AM at The Factory.

Our Candlelight Christmas Eve service will begin at 8:30 PM with a prelude. The service starts at 9 PM. It will be held at The Factory. This will be a very special service, so plan to attend. Kids in pajamas are welcome and encouraged!

See you December 24 as we Celebrate His Birth!

Cookbooks Make Great Christmas Gifts
If you are looking for a unique Christmas gift, consider the 2017 cook book published by the Women's Fellowship.  It contains over 350 recipes of our church members and is bound to be a welcome addition to anyone's kitchen.  Remember your secret Santa, child's teacher, neighbor, holiday hostess, co-worker, or even yourself.  The books are available in the church office for $10 or Sue Van Velzer can help you at the second service.
The cookbooks are available for $10 each. The money will help to fund scholarships from the Women's Fellowship. 

Bon Appetit! 

Take Them a Meal Sign-up
Take-a-Meal Sign-up for Spragues: If you would like to take a meal to George and Mary Margaret Sprague, we've activated the TakeThemAMeal website. You can sign up to take a meal on a Tuesday or Thursday. Additional details are available >> click here.

Frankton Self Help Program
Donations are needed for the Frankton Self Help Program. Self Help provides critical assistance to people who live in the Frankton school district with utility bills. 

The need is especially great during the colder winter months when people use more electricity and gas to light and heat their homes.

If you would like to help, bring a check to the church made out to the Frankton Self Help Program. We will see that it gets to the program staff.

Thank you for your extravagant generosity.
Eagle Packs Donations
Eagle Pack's f ood d onations needed: 
  • Macaroni and Cheese - 7.25 oz box
  • Green Beans 14.5 oz
  • Corn 14.75 oz
  • Chicken Noodle Soup 10.75
  • Small jar of peanut butter 16 or 18 oz 
Check Donations:  Since the group is a 501(c)3, checks can be made out to Eagle Packs Ministries.

Noodles for Eagle Packs . Paul Everest is taking orders for homemade noodles. Proceeds will be donated to the Eagle Packs program. Two bags sell for $5. Contact Paul at , or the church office to place advanced orders. Delivery will be to the church.

Prayers for Our Soldiers
We ask that you continue to keep our church family soldiers in your prayers for safety, strength and comfort. They include:
  • Brad Compton, Indiana National Guard, Stout Field, Indianapolis (son of Janine and Rod Compton)
  • Chris Compton, Fort Sill Oklahoma (son of Janine and Rod Compton)
  • Joshua Moore, Middle East (husband of Lillie Knotts Moore)
  • Drew Rogers, (grandson of Susie and Tim Rogers), U.S. Coast Guard, Boston
  • Brandon Wood, (nephew of Mark Sigler), U.S. Marines, San Diego

If you have a loved one serving in the armed forces and would like to add them to our list, please contact the church office at or 754-7996. 


Brad Compton
Chris Compton
Drew Rogers
Joshua Moore

Frankton Food Pantry Needs
The Frankton Food Pantry needs this week are: 

dish soap

bar soap

laundry detergent

toothpaste and tooth brushes

toilet paper

paper towels 

facial tissue 

The food pantry is open from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Tuesdays. It is located at the Frankton Christian Church's Family Life Center. 
Thanks for your  extravagant generosity !

Online Giving Available through SecureGive
Frankton First United Methodist Church uses 
SecureGive as our online credit / debit card service provider. This service allows you to create an account for tithing and other special giving you want to make to the church. 
To set-up a secure account,  please click on the SecureGive logo and in 2 minutes or less you can start giving conveniently today.  
Prayers for Our Church Family
We lift the following people in prayer: 

We lift up Darlene Knotts and Deb Paschal who are recovering from eye surgery. We also lift up Mary Lou and Sam Taylor and family on the death of Mary Lou's mother, Edith Mullins. Also, please continue to keep these people in your prayers.

Rex Abbott, Don Bailey, Carroll Benson, Jerry Bland, Janie Buttry, Jerry Buttry, John Clark, Martha Clayborn, C.H. Dabney, Naomi Davis, Kelly Doyle, Jonah Ellis, George Eltzroth, Amber Tuttle Goodman, Bob Greenman, Ivy Harrison, Arthur Haynes, Mike Kinnamon, Darlene Knotts, Gary Kreigh, Nancy Marlow, Monty Millspaugh, Betty Mock, Ernie Mullins and family, Susan Myrick, Harrison Nichols, Jeff Norbury, Steve Norrod, Alan Paschal, George Paschal, Derek Phelps, Donna Pierce, Aaron Ray, Matthew Sailor, Marilyn Shuter, George and Mary Margaret Sprague, Delores Swaim, Sam Taylor, Tiffany Thompson, and Jack Waymire.
If you have someone you would like to add to the prayer list, email the church office or call 754-7996.  If you have a confidential prayer request, contact Pastor Nathan Whybrew at his email address: . The church also has a private prayer wall on Facebook. If you are a Facebook user, do a search using the link:

Do You Have Information for the Weekly E-news?
The Weekly News from our church is published every Monday morning. If you have information to include in next week's edition, the deadline is 10 a.m. on Fridays. Call the office, 765-754-7996 or email it to .